If we should start counting the types of stains that exist it would take a few days to research and count them all. We can’t count all the different types of stains, but we can at least treat the ones we know. Here is how to deal with the most common stains with these 11 witty fabric/clothes stain removing tips
The most common stains… ink, coffee, food, sweat, blood, cosmetics, urine stain, oil stain, mud stains, armpit stains, and period stains.
All these are the stains we fight with every day so it is best we know how to remove them so we can get on with our daily lives. Here are 10 brilliant fabric/clothes stains removing tips.
1. How to Get Period Blood Out of Clothes
To get period blood out of clothes fast blot with a cotton ball and cold water. Ensure to keep the water directly on the stain so as not to spread the stain further out. Keep the water cold as warm or hot water will set the stain.
Next, get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and pour it onto the stain. If prefer, you can also use another clean cotton ball to blot. For the best result time is important. If the blood is fresh simply blot and wipe or wash to remove the blood entirely. However, if the stain is dried here is what is needed.
If the period bloodstain is already dried it is going to take a longer time to remove. Simply apply the same process with the hydrogen peroxide only this time allow it to sit for half an hour and watch the stain vanish. Next, toss the clothing into the washer and wash as usual.
2. HAIR SPRAY FOR INK
I thought ink stains were actually permanent until one wise lady told me about this tip. That tip saved the day, literally speaking. To remove ink stain all you need is a can of hair spray. Why didn’t I think of that?
Lay the fabric on a flat surface. Hold the spray bottle directly pointing at the stain. Mist the stain until it is wet from the spray.
Use a damp cloth to blot the area until the stain is gone. This will only take a few seconds that’s how easy it was all this time to remove ink stains.
3. COFFEE STAINS MUST GO
To blot out a coffee stain will take a presoak method to get remove it completely. Presoak the fabric in a solution of warm water, Dawn dish soap, and white vinegar.
The amount of each of these ingredients varies on how large the fabric is or the stain. For basic soaking try using 1/4 tablespoon dish soap and 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1-quart warm water.
Allow to soak for 20 minutes, remove and toss in the washer. This piece is best washed alone so as not to get the smell on the other clothing.
4. FLOUR FOR FOOD STAIN
Food stain comes with grease and grease is not all that easy to be removed. Most times that piece of clothing is gone. However, there is a simpler solution to that.
Sprinkle the grease stain with flour. Repeat on the other side, both sides must be sprinkled. This will absorbs the fat while you allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes.
Shake the fabric to remove the excess flour. Now, using a damp rag, dab with dish soap and blot the stained area. Continue doing this until the stain disappears.
5. REMOVING URINE STAINS
Accidents will happen, this can happen to adults and most often with kids. Getting those yellow urine stains out is another story.
Urine stains are not pleasing to the eyes so you may want to do whatever it takes to remove them not to mention the smell hew! This can be done with a treatment of Tide Laundry Detergent and warm water. Pretreat the clothing in this mixture for 30 minutes.
For stubborn urine stains, combine 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1/4 cup Tide Laundry Detergent to make a paste.
Use the paste to blot the affected area, for a more concentrated treatment. Allow the paste to rest on the stain for 1 hour then wash as usual.
6. TREATING AND REMOVING BLOODSTAINS
The best way to remove blood stains is when it is fresh. The older the stain the more tedious treatment is required. For fresh bloodstains quickly blot with hydrogen peroxide.
For bloodstains on whites, pretreat by soaking in warm water and an enzyme-based detergent for 1 hour. Bleach can be used in the washer when washing for a more effective and guaranteed result.
7. SWEAT STAINS ARE PROBLEMATIC
The smell of old sweat is just terrible. This stain can be messy and smelly as this is caused by the sodium in our bodies released through our pores and yes, this does leave a stain.
I do believe that washing your sweaty clothes separately from the others will remove the smell. Sweaty clothes like gym wear must not be included when washing other regular wear.
PRETREAT… Pretreat sweat stain clothes in a solution of warm water, white vinegar and laundry detergent. This is effective when treating fresh sweat stains.
8. TREATING ARMPIT STAINS
Treating armpit stains needs a more direct approach. Using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, combine to make a paste. Use a toothbrush to brush this paste onto the stain.
Allow penetration for 3o minutes then wash. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are highly acidic chemicals and are not recommended for colored clothing.
9. COSMETIC STAINS
How did you manage to get that stain on your shirt? That was such a lovely piece. The word WAS was actually used in the wrong context there, as cosmetic stains can be removed.
Here’s how you can remove your foundation, lipstick, and powder stains from clothing, towels, and washcloths. Lipstick… Use household ammonia to blot the stain using a soft bristle toothbrush.
For a more emergency situation, Use a bar soap damped slightly to run on the stain. Use your hands to rub the area together vigorously then blot with a damp rag.
Foundation… These types of cosmetics are oil base which makes it easier to remove with a grease-fighting detergent such as dish soap. Damp the area then dab with the dish soap. Use a warm damp rag to blot the stained area until the stain fades.
Face powder… Remove face powder stains just by mixing a solution of dish soap and warm water. Use this to rub onto the stained area. When you’re done, use clean water to rinse, the powder stain will be long gone.
10. OIL STAINS
The words oil stains may sound final as if almost impossible to remove. This is not quite true, oil stains are obviously caused by some sort of oily substance. There are many methods and products that can be used to remove this type of stain.
This stain is even the easiest of all to treat and remove as it just needs warmth a little dish soap and the job is done. Simply blot the area with warm water and dish soap. Keep blotting for at least 2 minutes. Rinse and wash on a regular cycle.
11. REMOVING MUD STAINS
The first thing to do is to soak in warm water and laundry detergent. After soaking for 1-hour toss in the wash by itself and wash. For a quicker removal.
Dab the stain directly with laundry detergent and water then use a stiff bristle toothbrush to brush with as much muscle you have. Wash as soon as you’re through to avoid drying.